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February 04, 2011


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Sylvia ... yes it is a narco-war. A battle for power and dominance, waged in the streets and in the souls of men.

How do we measure this war? Perhaps it boils down to the basics ... the cartels must sell their "product". Moving and selling the product is everything to them. It's their bottom line, and the only way they can stay in business. If profits are up - they thrive.

So therefore if something interferes with them selling their product and getting the profits - it hurts the cartels at the most basic level. Maybe that's what the US authorities should be concentrating on. Suppose US law enforcement community cut off the flow of profits from drug sales back to Mexico. Even if the drugs came north across the border, it would do no good for the cartels if the profits didn't flow back south. So if the US focused exclusively on hunting down EVERY means being used to transfer illegal money into Mexico - the impact could be substantial.


The Mexican drug cartels supply a potentially dangerous commodity. They continue to supply this commodity because it provides them with a 100% tax free source of income which they can reinvest in other criminal enterprises, recruitment, buy US made firearms and expand their reach globally. I'm not the least bit shocked at the staggering growth of their business model when you consider there is no other industry on the face of the planet that get a bigger tax break.

What happens when you start taxing drugs? California can tell you all about it. In 1988 they passed Proposition 99 (tax and regulate tobacco). Since then cigarette use has plummeted by more than 40%.

You can only tax legal drugs. The solution is right in front of you.

You can definitely call it war on what is happening over there. The term war connotes when a government or any person has some conflict or disagreement with another person or a group. Mexico houses different offenders that they are at war with this group. They faces the problem on how to manage this situation.

I’m going to need to disagree with the term ‘’war’’ as a means of describing what is taking place in Mexico, just as that country’s president has disagreed with it’s use. While we can, and have attached the word to various endeavors of social improvement such as: ‘’ the war on poverty ‘’, ‘’ war against crime ‘’ and ‘’ war on drugs ‘’, I believe in those instances the word is not as misleading, and of entirely different context than it’s use to describe what is clearly a police action in regards to Mexico. This is not to say that there isn’t an insurgency, and perhaps even a counter insurgency going on or taking shape in Mexico, but if so that fact or notion is far removed from the general public’s knowledge/view of what is taking place, that the notion cannot be weighed concerning the use of the term in this instance.
I do however wholeheartedly agree with you here: ‘’ because the cartels - while not wanting to take direct control of the state apparatus - want to control it enough through intimidation of state institutions to allow them to operate as a parallel society ‘’.


Well Sylvia you forced me to examine my belief that any gun laws are intrusive and just one more step down that slippery slop when you wrote
I even asked friends to help here
And I have long considered Mexico's drug war political subversion,they seem to provide at least some support for some candidates and elected officials,others get dead.I seam to have a overly simplistic view of both subjects and I was quit comfortable,but thanks to you and your readers who leave what appears to be intelligent and thought provoking comments [nothing personal] I find myself questioning my long held beliefs

"What happens when you start taxing drugs? California can tell you all about it. In 1988 they passed Proposition 99 (tax and regulate tobacco). Since then cigarette use has plummeted by more than 40%.

You can only tax legal drugs. The solution is right in front of you.


I guess you have never heard of cigarette and alcohol smuggling that is currently going on. The Cartels are not in the business of selling drugs. They are in the business of making money. They will do it whether drugs are illegal, legal, taxed or untaxed. I predict these "medicinal" marijuana clinics will be a boon for the cartels once they start to extort product and money from the hippies that run them. Cartels are run by criminals. You need eliminate the criminals not the particular commodity they traffic at one moment in time.

"Many of the houses in Guadalupe have been burned down by the cartels, for whom drug-running is no longer enough. They want complete political control over towns and territories along access routes to U.S. highways and the lucrative drug market."
War, conflict, terrorism? Whatever it is called it isn't good for the people living the horror of it day by day!

I don’t believe anyone could or would argue that point Bill.

Sylvia, If you could comment on this please. It appears that our government is finally starting to realize clearly the greatest fear for the U. S. as a result of the lawless regime(s) in Mexico.

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